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New Databases: Psychology, Statistical Data, and Video

A few new offerings have been added to library Research Databases, based on trials we did in the Spring. Here are the details:

PsycARTICLES

This periodical database features some of the highest-impact journals in the field, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. When we tried out this database in the Spring, it quickly became one of our most-used sources of full-text articles. Journals in this database have no embargo period; in other words, the most recent issues are included, which isn’t always the case in our databases.

A couple notes:

  • It turns out that the price we were given is a “first-year” price, with a significant increase next year, so it is not clear we will have the database past June 2015. We’ve put a note to that effect in the description of the database on our listings page.
  • This is not the only place to go for psychology periodicals; important journals are also found in the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, ScienceDirect, MEDLINE, and JSTOR. One solution is to use OneSearch for your periodicals searching; there is even an experimental feature where you can limit your searching to psychology-related material.
On the Advanced Search screen, select Psychology from the area that says "Choose a discipline to search"

Advanced Search Screen in OneSearch

Go to PsycARTICLES >>

RAND California & US

This database provides statistical information on a large number of topics. We find that students are often looking for information on topics including criminal justice (how many people are incarcerated in the California?), income (number of children in poverty in the US?), and education (what is the high school dropout rate and does it vary by race or ethnicity?). Much of this information is available via various government websites. RAND has pulled together many of the most-requested items and made them easy to find in a single database, making available tables that you can eyeball for the number you need or download to Excel or similar software for further analysis or mashups.

Populations and Capacities (CA only): number of inmates from all correctional facilities

A data query in RAND statistics

Table from Rand State Statistics showing Prison Populations and Capacities for all facilities in California. Some graphs are available; for more, download to Excel and make your own.

A data table in RAND California

This database is replacing last year’s offering of the Statistical Abstract from ProQuest, which saw little use and was not quite as user-friendly as RAND’s product.

Go to RAND California & US >>

Ambrose Video

This database includes educational videos covering history, the sciences, and the arts. All the videos are closed-captioned. While these videos should be embeddable in D2L courses, we are running into some problems with doing so, so for now please just link to the site itself.

Many of the programs include downloadable supplementary documents and lesson plans. We are also thinking of this as a one-year trial, to see how interesting it is to the campus at large. So please, let us know if this is the sort of thing you need from the library!

Go to Ambrose Video >>

Two New Group Study Rooms

Over the summer, two rooms for group study were added to the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.
study room 4
These rooms, made from portable office materials, are bigger than the permanent rooms, so feel free to take a larger group in there. Sign up for a room at the Research Help desk on the second floor of the Library.

The purpose of all Library study rooms is for group study among current students, and demand has been very strong.  Tutors, please ask your sponsor if they can provide an alternative space for SCC tutoring.

Summer 2014 Hours

The LRC will close for Summer Recess at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 21. It will reopen on Monday, June 9.

Library hours for Summer Session, June 9 – August 6, will be as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Friday – Sunday: closed

If you need to pay fines during Summer Recess or on a Friday, please ring the front doorbell of the LRC, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (closed Monday, May 26 and Friday, July 4).

The LRC will be closed for the second Summer Recess, August 7 – 23.

New Book List Posted (New DVDs, Too!)

Come and get them – New Books and DVDs!

The searchable New Books List, books added from Nov. 2013 through April 2014, has just been posted. You can also find “This Just In,” a weekly update of new book and DVD titles added to the Library collection, at the New Materials page.

Borrow them with your student or employee ID card. (Information about borrowing over break coming soon—watch this space.)

The Bay Area School by Thomas WilliamsTesla by W. Bernard CarlsonTime Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian MortimerSidetracked: Why our Decisions Get Derailed by Francesca GinoHydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know by Alex Prud'homme

Take a Look at Trial Databases

Every year we take a look at the databases we offer and ask some questions: what is being used, and what isn’t? What new needs have emerged, and what new tools have come on the market?

As we contemplate changes, vendors are often happy to offer limited trials. This year we are looking at a few things we have not previously offered as library subscriptions. Here’s the list of what is available currently. Note, most of these trials will expire on or around May 7.

One or two more trials may appear in the coming weeks. You can find all of these at the databases page under Trial Databases.

Spring Break Hours

The LRC will be open according to its regular schedule through Saturday, April 12.

Spring Break hours are as follows:

  • Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Friday,  April 18 – Saturday, April 19: closed.

On Monday, April 21, we will resume normal hours.